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President Moon cozies up to China to the chagrin of Japan

South Korean leader brings Nanjing, 'comfort women' back into focus

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, second from right, lays a wreath during a ceremony in Chongqing on Dec. 16.   © Kyodo

CHONGQING -- Before South Korean President Moon Jae-in wrapped up his visit to China on Saturday, he highlighted the affinity that the two neighbors have historically harbored for each other.

He was trying to woo his hosts. But by emphasizing Japan's past aggression toward the two countries and his preference for a soft approach in dealing with North Korea, Moon might have complicated impending talks between Seoul and Tokyo.

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